Donor Recognition Overview

The Rotary Foundation offers several ways to recognize Rotarians and friends for their generous support.

Sustaining Member

Anyone who contributes US$100 or more per year to the Annual Fund is automatically recognized as a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member.

Sustaining Members are critical to the Foundation. If every club member contributed $100 every year, Rotary could nearly double its efforts to help needy people worldwide and support the continued growth of its programs.

All gifts cumulatively count toward other Foundation Recognition Programs.


You may become a Benefactor by making the Permanent Fund a beneficiary in your estate plans or by donating $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a custom certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.

Bequest Society

Couples or individuals who have made commitments of $10,000 or more in their estate plans, such as in a will, living trust, or through whole or universal life insurance, can become Bequest Society members.  All Bequest Society members receive recognition from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation. Donors may elect to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and a Bequest Society pin. Unless you request to not receive recognition you will be recognized automatically upon notification of your bequest commitment.

Paul Harris Fellow

Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.

Read More: Paul Harris Fellow Honors and Requirements

Major Donor

The Rotary Foundation recognizes couples or individuals whose combined personal, or cumulative giving has reached $10,000. All outright contributions made to the Foundation are included in this total, regardless of the gift designation.

Donors may elect to receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. Recognition items commemorate giving at each recognition level:

Level Contribution (US$)
4 $100,000 to $249,999
3 $50,000 to $99,999
2 $25,000 to $49,999
1 $10,000 to $24,999

Arch C. Klumph Society

Donors whose cumulative gifts total US$250,000 qualify for the Arch C. Klumph Society. Qualifiers are invited to an induction ceremony at RI headquarters in Evanston, and their pictures and biographies are installed in the Arch C. Klumph Society interactive gallery. Arch C. Klumph Society members also receive invitations to special society events, along with membership pins and crystals that commemorate giving at each level.

Level Contribution (US$)
Foundation Circle $1 million and above
Chair's Circle $500,000 to $999,999
Trustees Circle $250,000 to $499,999

Download: Arch C. Klumph Society brochure

Gift Recognition

The Rotary Foundation will

  • Send letters of appreciation for all gifts

  • Send emails for gift acknowledgments and tax receipts (if applicable) from gifts received from or at the Foundation's Chicago bank. Email attachments from the email address with the subject heading "A note of thanks from The Rotary Foundation" are legitimate and safe to open.

  • Honor requests for privacy (if a donor wishes to remain anonymous, the Foundation must be notified when the gift is made)

  • Subtract the fair market value of recognition items from receipts when required to do so by U.S. law

  • Acknowledge major gift pledges at their full value when written documentation and an initial gift payment are received


Direct questions to the donor recognition specialist in the Foundation’s Contact Center at 1-866-9ROTARY (1-866-976-8279) or   A team of Foundation specialists will answer calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT.